PAVEH — Iranian Kurds are mourning the death of a legendary man who left an outstanding touristic landmark with a high reputation.
Hussein Othmani, known as Khalo Hussein (meaning uncle Hussein), was an Iranian Kurd who left his l village 21 years ago and started carving cliff rocks on a mountain near Pave district in the Kermanshah province of the Iranian Kurdistan.
Despite having one leg only, Hussein carved nine rooms at the heart of the mountain which included a grave for himself. He used a basic shovel and a pick to accomplish the 21-year-long task.
According to local people, Hussein left his community after he lost her wife and four sons during the Iran-Iraq war (1980-1988), and decided to live away from people for unknown reasons.
He was given the title of Farhad II, a fictional figure in the Iranian literature who agreed to carve a mountain after his love-rival, one of the Iranian kings, sends him on exile.
Hussein passed away on Tuesday after he suffered for the past few weeks from injuries he got after he fell from the mountain.
His cave has become a tourist attraction in the area, with Hussein donating his income from visitors to local hospitals, nursery houses and schools.